Art Galleries Raided for Serving Wine

Some things traditionally go together: popcorn with butter, cotton candy with the circus, art openings with wine and cheese. But now art galleries and wine might not be going together any longer in Palo Alto, California.

The state Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) agency raided three art galleries and confiscated their wine during the monthly Art Walk, in which patrons visit the galleries. Their “crime” was serving alcohol without a permit, although Palo Alto police had assured the galleries that no permit was needed because the wine was not being sold but offered free to adult patrons age 21 or older. The city of Palo Alto has been very supportive of the Art Walk as a positive event for the community.

The raids were apparently made because of a complaint from an anti-alcohol resident.... not a pretty picture for art lovers. And the art galleries have been painted as criminals.



  • Art galleries raided, alcohol seized. Palo Alto Online, 6-7-04.